A Federal Judge Put Hundreds of Immigrants Behind Bars While Her Husband Invested in Private Prisons

[Justice]
A Federal Judge Put Hundreds of Immigrants Behind Bars While Her Husband Invested in Private Prisons
by Samantha Michaels
Posted September 11, 2017

Judge Linda Reade’s husband bought more prison stock five days before one of the nation’s biggest immigration raids.It was almost lunchtime inside the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, on May 12, 2008, when 400 meatpackers, mostly migrants from Guatemala and Mexico,
were arrested in the bust, which cost $5 million and was then the biggest workplace immigration raid in US history.

Overseeing the process was Judge Linda R. Reade, the chief judge of the Northern District of Iowa. She defended the decision to turn a fairground into a courthouse, saying the proceedings were fair and unhurried. The incident sparked allegations of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct and led to congressional hearings. Erik Camayd-Freixas, an interpreter who had worked at the Waterloo proceedings, testified that most of the Spanish-speaking defendants had been pressured to plead guilty. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said the unconventional process seemed “like a cattle auction, not a criminal prosecution in the United States of America.”

Yet amid the national attention, one fact didn’t make the news: Before and after the raid, Reade’s husband owned stock in two private prison companies, and he bought additional prison stock five days before the raid, according to Reade’s financial disclosure forms. Ethics experts say these investments were inappropriate and may have violated the Code of Conduct for United States Judges. More…

The Fed Needs Competition, Not Rules

[Economics]
The Fed Needs Competition, Not Rules
by Theo Bishop
Posted September 10, 2017

The Fed needs competition, not more rulesNot rules, but Competition…. an approach suggested by Nobel Prize-winning economist F.A. Hayek and championed by arch-Fed critic Rep. Ron Paul. While his “Audit the Fed” bill continues to come up for vote every few years, it’s his The Free Competition in Currency Act that would have the biggest impact on US monetary policy. The bill is simple, it eliminates legal tender laws and taxes on metal historically used as currency – including gold and silver. It could also be updated to include crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin.

The beauty of this approach is that it would painless. Instead of trying to figure out the larger ramifications of abolishing the Fed, or risk forcing it to choose a rule that won’t hold up in the future, it would simply allow consumers the option to use alternative currencies in their daily lives. For those concerned about the long-term consequences of the Fed’s monetary policy, it provides a parachute – without forcing the Fed to change its course. More…

Senate Debates Billions for Insurers While Public Demands Medicare for All

[Politics]
Senate Debates Billions for Insurers While Public Demands Medicare for All
By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese
Posted September 10, 2017

Medicare for all creates efficienciesThis week we attended a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee where there was broad bi-partisan support for giving billions more to the insurance industry to “stabilize the market.” The government already gives for-profit insurance $300 billion annually and their stock values have risen dramatically since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), so the rush to give them more was disheartening.

The entire hearing focused on “stabilizing the insurance market,” even though their stock values have quadrupled since 2010. Five health insurance commissioners from different states testified before the senators and answered questions. It appeared that all had been well-prepped by the health insurance industry. The committee members patted each other on the back for being bi-partisan, unfortunately they were working together for the insurance industry, not for the people. More…

New Eastern Energy Cartel Replacement To The Dead Petro-Dollar

[Economic]
New Eastern Energy Cartel Replacement To The Dead Petro-Dollar
By Jim Willie CB
Posted September 9, 2017

what is the petro dollarThe USDollar is integrally related to the global dominance that the United States has fostered for global benefit, then later distorted into a credit abuse dynamic but hardly for benefit, then finally abused beyond legitimate basis for global aggression and financial extortion. The dominance is unraveling within the Global Paradigm Shift. It is indeed late in the game for the shift, whereby no reversal to repair the USDollar is possible. The Eastern energy cartel has a firm foundation, leaving the West with no possible response.

The consequences are vast, extending to the USMilitary. Its reliance upon free oil is ending. The over-stretched military presence will repeat the end of the road that the British Military faced several decades ago. Both the British and the Americans have lost their cherished global reserve currency, and along with it, lost power and prestige. In recent months, the US has proved it has very few friends even among its list of allies. More…

Guard Your Mind Like the Precious Resource It Is

[Spirit]
Guard Your Mind Like the Precious Resource It Is
by Michael Krieger
Posted September 8, 2017

anger does not solve problemsSomething I’ve been working on personally is becoming more in control of my emotions and, more importantly, trying not to immediately respond when something makes me angry. In order to do this, I’ve found it necessary to be conscious of the anger itself. Specifically, I’ve noticed that when we get angry we tend to move into a state of mind that is obsessively focused on the source of this anger. We dwell on how we were wronged over and over in our minds like an uncontrollable movie, which then makes us even more angry. In an attempt to stop the movie and momentarily feel better about the situation, we tend to lash out. It feels good for a second, but it almost never gets you anywhere.

Anger and fear are two emotions that serve important evolutionary purposes and certainly have their place, but I’ve found neither to be productive when it comes to solutions to serious problems, or to establishing better relationships with those you care about. When one is angry or fearful the instinctual response is to do whatever might make you feel better in the moment. Allowing oneself to react from a state of fear or anger will almost always lead to poor decision making, unless you are actually in a situation that requires such a response. More…

Joe Arpaio Is No Aberration

[Social]
Joe Arpaio Is No Aberration
By Margaret Kimberley
Posted September 8, 2017

Joe Arpaio, human rights abuser is symptomatic of a rotted systemEven most leftish white Americans like to think that their country is good and its institutions are fair and equitable. According to this wishful thinking human rights abuses only happen in faraway places and injustices here are resolved by reining in a few bad apples. The facts say otherwise and prove that the United States is consistently one of the worst human rights violators in the world. The cruelty of its prison system extends far beyond headlines of a few well known villains like David Clarke and Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio is surely deserving of scorn heaped upon him. He referred to his jails as “concentration camps.” He held prisoners outdoors in tents, a violation of national and international law. Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court because he continued to detain undocumented people without charge in violation of a judge’s order. More…

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